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Hot Wok Bistro

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1012 Howard Ave, Howard/Humboldt next to 101 Freeway, San Mateo, CA 94401-1117
+1 650-548-1758
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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San Jose, California
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112 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited for the first time after finding them on Trip Advisor. The lunch specials are awesome - sweet & sour soup, rice, and a huge portion of your entree for $7-10. The food came quickly and was delicious. You can tell they have a ton of regular clientele. Definitely worth checking out!

Thank Obiawhat
San Mateo, California
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We first discovered their amazing "Pain" in gourmet bread stores and found out it was made locally and breakfast & lunch (dinner one night a week) is served. We now go often for weekend brunch, which can change based on local artisans' farmer's market inspired fare. It 's not just a restaurant, there's a retail shop for culinary & kitchen... More 

Thank WanderlustHigh
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

It is amazing. The best chinese food ever! They also serve it fast. The foods are really fresh. My favourite food is the Won Ton Soup! The fried rice was epic too!!!

Thank Aaron William L
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We first found out this place from Trip Advisor and decided to give it a try on our 1st night arriving in SF. Amazing.. the food was really good and my kids almost lick all the plate clean. As we are going back to Indonesia tomorrow and thinking what do we want to eat as the last dinner in US?... More 

Thank apriliana_lim
Point Reyes Station, California
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71 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Great little hole in the wall with delicious food. Worth a drive. Don't expect fancy. Expect delicious and filling.

Thank CoastalBadger
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Hot Wok is under new management and the food has just gone downhill. Used to be a weekly favorite and now no longer bother.

Thank ChellaZA
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94 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Don't usually think of reviewing a local restaurant on TA, but...what the heck. This place was terrible. The menu was a joke - as in hardly any offerings. The pot stickers were not tasty - tasted like they were made with spam. The Kung pao shrimp was greasy, and slopped on a dish floating in grease and mess. Chinese chicken... More 

Thank 57r
Phoenix, Arizona
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

My wife wanted Chinese food and we didn't want to go into the City so searched out this hidden gem. It is bustling and excellent. The potstickers were the best I've ever had, and the wonton soup was superb. Fried rice with pork was delicious. Quantities were huge, and prices were amazing ($51 with tax for three entrees and three... More 

Thank Clint B
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77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Original Chinese food, excellent food, superb service, and fair prices. Entering the restaurant is like going back in time :) Great starters: soup and the spring rolls, and awesome chicken dishes: sweet and sour chicken, and cashew chicken. Will be back every time I am in the area.

Thank Amit B
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

We were brought here by another couple who had a previous good experience. While dinner did provide a few bright spots, it was hard to overcome the greasy and over salted food. It was lacking spice and the authentic flavors we were seeking.

Thank Santosh G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Delivery, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1012 Howard Ave, Howard/Humboldt next to 101 Freeway, San Mateo, CA 94401-1117
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: +1 650-548-1758

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?